It’s not even 9 p.m. on a Monday evening, and I’m seriously ready to go to bed.
When I thought about student teaching, I imagined that it would be stressful, difficult, and perhaps emotionally draining. I never imagined the sheer exhaustion that could take over my body by merely sitting on the couch.
Now, I have to say, I love my student teaching. I think I’m the only one in my cohort who can say that. My placement is so perfect, that honestly, I think it is God’s way of repaying me for my Teach For America experience. He placed me in a school that is incredibly supportive, with some of the best kids on Earth. Jan and Jered have been remarkably helpful, insightful, and moreover, FUN to be with. I never imagined that I would enjoy being in a classroom for nearly 8 hours a day as much as I do.
The sad thing is, it’s not the teaching that’s leaving me drained; it’s my college courses. Well, specifically one course. Last week I started my Language, Literacy, and Instruction class…I have to be honest, this class is just ridiculous. In theory, I should love it. But, due to the deep nature of the class, and the semi-crazy instructor, it’s just the last thing I want to deal with at the end of the day. Not to mention that this is the woman who’s research I’d like to follow, and possibly do for a Ph.D. Yikes. I’m gone for about 13 hours of the day on Monday, and by the time I get home, I’m starved, and stressed. I know it will get better; I’m just so gosh-darned tired.
On the flip side, I was asked by the Early Childhood Supervisor if they could add me to their sub list once I’m done. HECK YEAH! This means I could make money in a few months?!? Awesome. 🙂